What actually happens during marriage counseling? How can my spouse and I benefit from it? In the first part of this guide, we looked at the logistics of marriage counseling (How Marriage Counseling Works – Step by Step). Now we will explain what to expect from marriage counseling to give you more insight into the process.
Confidential Therapy without Judgement
Marriage counseling at Urban Balance is completely confidential. You can discuss obstacles in your marriage without fear of judgement. Our marriage counselors have helped many couples overcome infidelity, addiction, grief and loss, stress, big life transitions, and more. No matter what you have been through in your lives, you will receive helpful, judgement-free advice.
Evidence-Based Advice Personalized for Your Relationship
No two couples are exactly alike. You need advice that is catered to your marriage. Our marriage counselors use evidence-based techniques to help couples overcome their differences. You will learn tested and proven communication methods that fit your personalities, your lifestyle and your household. You can also bring closure to repetitive arguments so you can move forward with your relationship.
Long-Term Communication Strategies
With marriage counseling, we don’t ‘fix your problems.’ We give you the tools to fix them yourself. This advice does not expire; you can use it throughout your marriage. When you have a foundation of healthy communication strategies, you are less likely to argue and more likely to resolve arguments when they do occur. Best of all, you know you have the support of your marriage counselor to lean on.
Unbiased Support from a Licensed Marriage Counselor
If you receive marriage advice from friends or family members, it’s likely going to be biased. Your mother is going to be on your side. Your spouse’s best friend is going to be on his. Your marriage counselor is completely unbiased though. He or she will take in the information you provide and create a fitting recommendation. It’s not about you vs. your spouse. It’s about what’s best for your relationship. Your marriage counselor will always put your combined needs first.
What NOT to Expect from Marriage Counseling
There are a number of benefits to marriage counseling, as you can see above. However, it’s important to approach this process with realistic expectations. Marriage counseling will not solve all your relationship problems overnight. There is no miracle answer to end marriage problems. You will have to work together to keep your marriage going strong.
The good news is that as you overcome obstacles in your relationship, you grow together as a couple. You discover new traits about your spouse that give you a new appreciation for your marriage. Yes, it does take work, but that work has wonderful results. Your marriage counselor will be there to support you through it all.
To get matched with a licensed marriage counselor near you, contact Urban Balance at (888) 726-7170.